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OLYMPIC SPIRIT RUNS STRONG WITH THELEN ATTORNEY Robert Weikert doesn’t consider himself much of an athlete. But he has the Olympic spirit in spades. Four years ago when San Francisco was courting the 2012 Summer Games, the Thelen Reid & Priest partner got his firm into the throes of the competition as pro bono legal advisers. Though San Francisco ultimately lost out to New York City for the domestic nomination (London was ultimately named the host), it looks like Weikert and his colleagues may get a chance to work on another Bay Area pitch. Last week, U.S. Olympic Committee officials announced they plan to visit San Francisco and four other spots this month, an early step as they decide whether a domestic city will compete to host the 2016 Olympics. Weikert downplays his own athletic prowess, describing himself as “kind of a recreational weekend sports person. Like a lot of my colleagues.” But the commercial litigator has found the Olympic Games inspirational since childhood. So in 1999 he wrote a letter to Anne Cribbs, a 1960 Olympian and chairwoman of the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee, offering to volunteer. He was soon invited to join the group’s board and Thelen took on the committee as a pro bono client. For the 2012 bid, which BASOC helped organize, there were plenty of legal projects needing attention, from contract review and insurance and immigration issues to state funding legislation. “I can’t tell you how many lawyers here were involved in the 2012 effort,” Weikert said. “Hopefully we’ll get another chance.” If the Bay Area doesn’t end up getting that chance for the 2016 games, Weikert is confident it’s only a matter of time, given the region’s weather, facilities and magnetism for tourists. “Whether it’s in my lifetime or not,” he said, “I think it’s inevitable.” � Pam Smith HANGIN’ WITH ‘THE OC’ Sandy Cohen will be visiting Boalt Hall School of Law Thursday to present a fellowship award in his honor. A one-time public defender who went to law school in Berkeley, Cohen might stir up some controversy for the staid Boalt Hall alumni. After all, he’s reportedly the target of a criminal investigation stemming from his role in a shady hospital development deal in Newport Beach. That’s not to say Cohen isn’t a decent role model. He once ranked No. 25 in TV Guide’s list of the all-time greatest dads. Oh, did we mention that Cohen is a fictional character? In fact, it will be Peter Gallagher, the bushy-browed actor who plays Cohen on the TV series “The OC,” who will present the Sandy Cohen Public Defense Fellowship, an award that’s funded in part by proceeds from an annual “OC” Prom organized by Boalt students. (That’s right, an “OC” Prom.) “There are some fellowships that are bigger [in dollar value],” said Carl Gustafson, a second-year Boalt student and a member of the “OC” fan club. “But around the school, this is the one people remember best.” (That’s right, an “OC” fan club.) Now in its third year, the Sandy Cohen fellowship is awarded to students who take unpaid associate jobs in public defense offices. Five law students share the $5,000 award. This year’s honorees will be Rachel Pfeiffer and Loriani Santos, who will work in Contra Costa County, Van Swearingen in San Francisco, Joey McInnis in Los Angeles and Ruth Mackey in the District of Columbia. For more information about the presentation on Thursday, e-mail Gustafson at [email protected]Matthew Hirsch THE NUMBERS GAME Just days after accusing her judicial opponent of campaign misconduct, Redwood City solo Lisa Maguire came out on top when the San Mateo County Bar Association published results from its recent plebiscite. But while Maguire received 65 percent of the vote, it’s unclear how much this will matter when it comes to the June 6 primary. The bar association is not planning to endorse either Maguire or Deputy District Attorney Susan Etezadi. And of the 1,128 bar members eligible to vote, only 245 cast ballots. Maguire and Etezadi are vying for the superior court seat being vacated by retiring Judge John Schwartz. Last week, Maguire accused Etezadi of using the county’s internal mail system to deliver campaign fliers and contribution envelopes. Etezadi’s campaign manager said if something like that had occurred it was an “honest mistake.” Maguire’s campaign said it is planning to notify the Fair Political Practices Commission and other agencies. The San Mateo DA’s office said it was also looking into the matter. � Julie O’Shea

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